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MP calls for roads fix

GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien has again called on the State Government to increase funding to road maintenance in South Gippsland.

Speaking in Parliament on November 2, Mr O’Brien asked the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan what works were scheduled on major roads in the Gippsland South electorate over this summer.

“I drive our roads every day and I am as frustrated as many of my constituents with the state they are in,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Whether it be Hyland Highway, Strzelecki Highway or particularly the South Gippsland Highway, they are all in need of additional maintenance work.

“Driving on the South Gippsland Highway at the moment is quite an exercise with potholes, pavement break up and unevenness a particular issue.

“It seems to be worse at the moment and I’m calling on the government to make major repairs over the summer period.”

Mr O’Brien said he had been campaigning for more roads funding for some time especially after the government cut the road maintenance budget by 19 percent on coming to office.

“Our roads are in a poor state and we need to do more to fix them. Daniel Andrews is spending billions on level crossing removals in Melbourne but country Victoria is getting crumbs,” he said.

“My constituents are frustrated at seeing millions of dollars spent on safety barriers when the road surface itself is in such a poor state of repair.

“I urge the government to get on with the job of repairing our roads this summer and directing more funds to the roads program over coming years.”

The State Government was contacted for comment.

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